According to the 19th Amendment the Cabinet is limited to 30. Accordingly, 20 ministers would be sworn in initially while other 10 ministers would be sworn in on a later date, UPFA MP S.B. Dissanayake said.
He assured that the number of Cabinet ministers would not exceed the 30 limit and with the deputy ministers and state ministers it would be limited to 40.
Strong government – says Dilan
UPFA MP, Dilan Perera said no matter what some say, the government under Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa would definitely be a strong one.
He noted that this government would be a clean one away from corruption and fraud and invited all parties to join hands with the new government.
In the new Cabinet appointments, the Law and Order Ministry would be taken under President Maithripala Sirisena and the Finance and Economic Ministry would be taken on by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, reports say.
All the members of the UPFA have pledged their support to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, but due to the inability of obtaining the parliamentary majority required to remain as Prime Minister, the Joint Opposition is facing a huge crisis, according to the party’s internal sources.
The parliamentary sessions were delayed and the appointing of Cabinet ministers delayed due to this situation.
Meanwhile, although Basil Rajapaksa had assured that if Mahinda Rajapaksa is made the Prime Minister he would obtain the support of several prominent UNP members and the Muslim parties and show a 113 majority, so far he has only obtained the support of one UNP-MP. Due to this situation, they are unable to decide on the proposed Cabinet posts, these sources further added.
According to informed sources the 'Sri Lanka Mirror' learns that it was S.B. Dissanayake who had promised Basil Rajapaksa to obtain the support of 16 MPs. Although Basil Rajapaksa had notified Dissanayake to convene these 16 members immediately, he had not received a favourable response.
However, Basil Rajapaksa had notified the President not to have any doubt about establishing the majority in the new government.
According to a report in the C News web site operated by Wimal Weerawansa, the majority is ready to show at any time parliament is convened.
Although Ranil Wickremesinghe had requested the Speaker to convene parliament immediately, the President had taken measures to prorogue parliament.